foto friday: {portland} scene

September 4, 2015

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Read about more Portland adventures here:
union stationvoodoo-style donuts made in pdxpowell’s many books a pod of food trucks oregon square for pioneersaerial tram views city of bridges mt. hoodwashington’s arboretum washington’s sacajawea washington’s holocaustwashington’s roses

[room 113a] lanyard visuals

September 3, 2015

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My lanyard is pretty much the most important thing I walk around with while at school. It not only shows off some college pride (Go State!) it has three keys, my shrill whistle, and my flash drive that I can stick into the copy machine to print from. But most importantly, it has 8 3-inch laminated cards that save me from talking all day long.

These 8 visuals include 2 colored cards: 1 green (for happy behavior) and 1 red (for sad behavior). This behavior system is pounded into my students heads from day one of school so I can just flash my red card and they know there’s something they need to fix. A flash of green becomes instant feedback that their behavior is on track.

The other 6 cards are equally important and give direct commands: quiet, stop, raise hand, listen, sit down, sit criss cross. I love these because it teaches my students to not have to hear directions before acting. When I’m in the middle of teaching or talking to someone, I can also show a visual so as not to stop everything because of behavior.

I just love my lanyard so much!

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My lanyard

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Green (happy) and red (sad)

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Large (3-inch) visuals that I have with me at all time

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A car dealership has various revenue streams (see here and here). Let’s look at how much money a car dealer can potentially make from selling you that brand new car for, say, $20,000.

+ Sales Profit » Let’s say the dealership make $500 gross profit, above invoice.

  Sales Front-End Commission » 30% commission = $150

• + Dealer Holdback » $600

• + Dealer Cash Incentive » $500

•  Loan Interest Paid » Dealers take out loans to stock their lot with those glistening new cars. Interest rates are very low at this time. Let’s say the loan interest is $300 per car, per month. This car has been sitting on the lot for a month » $300 interest.

• + Financing » $2,000 profit for the length of the loan

+ Extended Service Contract » According to survey, 42% of new car buyers bought extended Service warranty. $1,000 profit

+ Anti-theft Device » $400, this is pure profit

Sales Back-End Commission » 5% of ($2,000 + $1,000 + $400) = $170

+ Service – All that warranty service work, though slim margin, generates good will, and likely returns for regular services. This could generate, say, $3,000 for the life of the car.

It’s immediately apparent, the sale of the car generate only a small profit. Most of the profit comes from F&I (financing & insurance) and Service. The dealer’s total profit is $7,380, for a $20,000 sale.  So, the next time, the dealership complains to you about not making enough profit…well, knowledge gives you leverage.

During our Washington Park adventure, we visited Hoyt Arboretum, the Sacajawea statue, and the Oregon Holocaust Memorial then rode the free shuttle over to see the International Rose Test Garden. Portland has had a long-standing love affair with roses so it makes sense that it has an absolutely enormous rose test garden where you could walk for hours and hours just taking in a ridiculously large number of rose varieties. I mean, growing up you only think about roses being red. Then you realize there are a few more colors like yellow, white, and orange. But the fact that there are hundreds perhaps thousands of varieties in all different colors, patterns, and sizes is amazing. Take a look … just remember these few photos do these amazing buds no justice!

Read about more Portland adventures here:
union stationvoodoo-style donuts made in pdxpowell’s many books a pod of food trucks oregon square for pioneersaerial tram views city of bridges mt. hoodwashington’s arboretum washington’s sacajawea washington’s holocaust

A Portland rose photo adventure:

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During our Washington Park adventure, we visited Hoyt Arboretum and the Sacajawea statue then rode the free shuttle over to see the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. This memorial is not  unlike over Holocaust memorials. It lists names on black granite, which gives you a reflection of yourself as you walk past. All this is the same, but there was a detail about this memorial that particularly tugged at heartstrings. There were actual children’s items from that era that had been bronzed scattered around the memorial. It’s difficult to imagine that the teddy bear and shoe laying on the ground actually belonged to a child that died in one of the concentration camps during this time period. What a memorial.

Read about more Portland adventures here:
union stationvoodoo-style donuts made in pdxpowell’s many books a pod of food trucks oregon square for pioneersaerial tram views city of bridges mt. hoodwashington’s arboretum washington’s sacajawea

A Portland Holocaust photo adventure:

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